The Green Bay Packers are 3-3 to start this season, a mark few people saw coming.
However, some issues are coming from four-time MVP QB Aaron Rodgers.
After consecutive seasons of amazing stats, 2022 has been a dud for him.
So what are the numbers saying about the defending MVP, and can he recover?
Rodgers Is Dead Last In Deep Throws To Open Receivers
Rodgers is known as a QB who airs the ball out.
However, those days are over in Green Bay.
The star QB only has 37 attempts of passes beyond 15 yards this season.
Aaron Rodgers has 37 attempts targeted 15+ yards downfield this season
Only 5 have been to receivers charted as open – dead last in the NFL
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) October 17, 2022
Of the 37 passes, only five were to open receivers.
But for this season, the bulk of his passes have been under 15 yards.
The dump-and-go passes that Rodgers currently focuses on isn’t helping with the deep threat.
So what is wrong with their offense that receivers can’t get open on deep throws?
Trading Davante Adams Took Away Rodgers’ Deep Threat
In prior years, Rodgers could use the short passing game to set up his deep ball to Davante Adams.
However, the team sent Adams to Las Vegas shortly after the 2022 off-season began.
Losing Adams is hurting Rodgers’ numbers, as he is working with two rookie receivers now.
Gone are the days of the Packers having a true deep threat receiver.
These rookies aren’t Adams, as they can’t break away from coverage like he did in Green Bay.
Because of this, defenses are shutting down the passing game for Rodgers.
It’s proving that Rodgers has no hope in 2022 without Adams by his side.